I had intended for this article to be the 50 most common trucker codes. Well, I went a lot longer than that! There are so many trucking codes out there, some are more common trucker codes than others, while many have become outdated, yet there are still drivers who still use them.
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But why use trucker codes? Not why do truckers use out dated trucker codes; that could be out of habit. But why use trucker codes at all. After all we all know that if it is to conceal what they are doing by using a trucker codes, the police will figure it out. If drivers are trying to outsmart their dispatchers by using trucker codes, they too will figure out the trucker codes; after all dispatchers too have few tricks and hints under their belt. They were not born yesterday!
Though there might be some truth in not wanting to tell the world what they are doing, that isn’t the full reason why trucker codes are used. It is a particular form of slang used by Citizens Band Radio (CB). Some might call it the anti-language which was developed out of the 1970’s and early 80’s. It is also used to keep conversations short, or to be easily understood.
Though there are many trucker codes that have become nationally (even internationally) recognized, there are many trucker codes / terms that are more regional. Terms also change over time, such as “good buddy” once referred to a friend, but it evolved into a slang word with a totally different meaning this nova days.
Something else that is very common with the use of a CB is not using your real name. Operators have developed a variety of nicknames, handles, to identify themselves. It might not be a common as it once was, but we all remember the movie ‘Convoy’.
The use of trucker codes was actually started in the USA and over time it has worked its way to truckers around the globe. The first to pick up the use of trucker codes was Canada, second one that start using the trucker codes was Mexico, and even Germany start with use of the trucker codes, before really gaining traction. Now each region has developed their distinctive trucker codes. Sometimes the transition was smooth other times not so much. In French-speaking Canada the cultural mood of the area caused some conflict with adopting the trucker codes.
Trucker codes, and other CB radio codes, have become so widespread that in the United States the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates their broadcast. To learn more about The FCC rules for the Citizens Band (CB) Service read their regulations.
But before you jump on the radio, you need to sound like you know what you are doing, right? So here is a long list of trucker codes, some are not as common as others but they are the most common.
This trucker codes are used by the truckers when they need to express that there is some kind of police and low informant information that they want to pass on. Most common trucker codes used in this case are:
This trucker codes are used by the truckers for passing on different kind of information.
Most common trucker codes used in this case are:
This trucker codes are used when truckers are speaking about different locations. Most common trucker codes used in this case are:
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